Reuters is reporting that the tech giant is rumoured to have poached electric power train specialists from bankrupt San Francisco startup Mission Motors. Apple is now widely acknowledged to be developing an electric car of its own, under the project code name Titan.
Mission man Derek Kaufman says that the loss of “key” people to Apple directly led to the motorcycle company’s failure. You can read the original report yourself, but given Mission’s unstable past, and history of ever changing strategic direction, it ‘s likely that those key individuals understood that the company was in trouble and may have simply left for better prospects.
Errata : An earlier version of this story confused Mission Motors (the above company) with Mission Motorcycles. The two were at one time the same thing, but the later was spun off as an independent business and went bankrupt earlier this year. Mission Motors spent the past few years marketing it’s EVT electric power train solution to various clients, including Harley-Davidson and Mugen.